News Release

Published on Friday, December 14, 2007

Western Technical College has developed a new certificate program for education and health professionals to help them effectively live and work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Society of America reports that 1 in 150 individuals have autism spectrum disorders, and according to Governor Jim Doyle’s office, more than 1 in 200 children in Wisconsin have autism. “The statistics are a call for us to start preparing our educators and health professionals for an increase in people they encounter who have these disorders,” said Western instructor and speech-language pathologist Mary Wirkus-Pallaske. “This certificate will create a greater understanding of individuals with autism disorders and the need for collaboration between schools, the community, and the work environments.”

The one-year Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate includes the following courses: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder: Strategies for Success, and Exploring Asperger’s Syndrome. Students may also elect to take two additional courses: Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan.

For information about this and other programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at Registration for spring courses ends January 11.